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  • Summary: Adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theatre hit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of an 'internationally ignored' rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love. (Fine Line Features)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 100
    Stomps the summer movie competition with heart and humor.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Epstein
    100
    This extraordinary flight from the humdrum is not to be missed.
  3. 100
    Mitchell retools his play magnificently, opening it up into a vibrant cinematic work.
  4. This is Mitchell's show, and his performance lives up to his triple billing as writer, director and star.
  5. 88
    It's a positive hat trick by John Cameron Mitchell.
  6. 75
    (Mitchell's) Hansel may be small-boned and soft-featured in an androgynous way, but his Hedwig is a force of nature, burned out and jaded yet brimming with compassion and bursting with energy.
  7. 40
    It's this strategy (however unconscious), and not simply a lack of directing talent, that makes Hedwig so relentlessly assaultive, heavy-handed, and emotionally monochromatic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. CheriB.
    Oct 5, 2001
    10
    Irresistible and poignant, this film examines the unyeilding power of desire and the undeniable reward of persistence.
  2. Clay
    Feb 10, 2007
    10
    One of the most tenderly made films ever. John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is part love story, part comedy, part One of the most tenderly made films ever. John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is part love story, part comedy, part tragedy and 100 percent Rock and Roll Musical. Mitchell plays the lead roll of Hedwig with bravura, soul, and wreckless abandonment of what anyone thinks. This is a film for anyone who looking for love, has been in love, or fallen out of love. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll watch it again and again. The replay value is astonishing considering there is fantastic costuming, amazing songs, various storyline angles and just plain memorable fun. Truly one of the best movies I have ever seen. Deeply touching and emotional you won't be disappointed. Expand
  3. KittyD.
    Sep 21, 2006
    10
    This movie is my life, end of story
  4. DominickC.
    Nov 17, 2007
    10
    The extraordinary talent that made this movie - writing, acting, music, visuals - and the humor, gives an exuberant feel with a wish that it The extraordinary talent that made this movie - writing, acting, music, visuals - and the humor, gives an exuberant feel with a wish that it would just go on and on. Makes most movies look like trite sad amateur hour same-old flops. Collapse
  5. JosephK.
    Nov 1, 2006
    10
    Only few films seem so right that you could say with confidence that they are near perfect. Not a beat missed,and thats not only reffering to Only few films seem so right that you could say with confidence that they are near perfect. Not a beat missed,and thats not only reffering to the music. Questions of this films significance will be anwsered with 20 or so years of aging, though films like these are timeless, it is only a matter of time before enough people would agree it is a sure musical classic. Expand
  6. FelixQ.
    Jul 25, 2006
    9
    This encompases all I want in a movie musical. The quirkyness and sincerity combined make this absolutely amazing. This is one of the rare This encompases all I want in a movie musical. The quirkyness and sincerity combined make this absolutely amazing. This is one of the rare movies that can competently compete on several different levels, in many genres. It's out there and wacky, but also sensitive and it respects it's own ludicrous characters enough to give them the film they deserve. Not in everyone's tase, I'm willing to bet- I think this one requires a very open mind and broad taste, but once you get into a rhythm on this one, it's addictive. Expand
  7. PatC.
    Aug 23, 2007
    8
    Extremely entertaining project. It succeeds in creating a world where transvestite/transsexual behavior is normalized, a kind of "Tommy" Extremely entertaining project. It succeeds in creating a world where transvestite/transsexual behavior is normalized, a kind of "Tommy" meets "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." The sublte implication is that such behavior often results when a father is forced away from his son and left in the sole care of a dysfunctional mother. I'm one of those people who believes such behavior is contagious and that society should not be put in a position to condone it, but I support both the even-handedness and audacity of this film. Expand

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